Archive for April 8th, 2012

Bird Flu: How Are Americans Going to Catch It?

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Bird flu, which is the lay term for the H5N1 variety of avian influenza, started in Hong Kong in 1997. Since then it has spread to China, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Laos, Russia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Romania, England, Croatia, Macedonia, Kuwait, and most recently to Turkey. The H5N1 virus has infected many species including ducks, chickens, turkeys, tree sparrows, peregrine falcons, great black-headed gulls, brown-headed gulls, gray herons, Canada geese, bar-headed geese, little egrets, pigs, clouded leopards, white tigers, mice, domestic cats, crows, magpies, peacocks, blue pheasants, rare eagles, turtledoves, swans, terns, and others. Human infections have occurred in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, and now Turkey. Almost all human infections have occurred by humans ingesting blood or insufficiently cooked meat from birds infected with the virus, or being in close contact with sick birds—children playing with sick or dead birds for example. One recent case involved a person acquiring bird flu by coming into contact with a glove from a person culling (removing and killing) infected birds. There have been several instances where transmission of the H5N1 virus is thought to have occurred directly from human-to-human—parents taking care of their children who had the virus. Transmission of the H5N1 (bird-flu) virus to humans to this point has, therefore—in the vast majority of cases—involved ingestion of, or being in close contact with, infected birds. As the virus continues to spread, via migratory birds from country-to-country, it could come to North American and the United States via this mechanism as well. If that were the case, then American’s could well be exposed to the virus through ingestion of, or close contact with, infected birds. This mode of transmission could also take place once the pandemic begins. However, once the pandemic actually begins, by definition human-to-human transmission will be the primary mode of transmission. In other words, once the pandemic starts, those who become infected will most likely have gotten their infection from someone else—another human. And, given what we know about seasonal influenza and its transmission, it is most likely that children will be the biggest source of infection. Therefore, while we might have to worry about acquiring the virus from both wild and domestic birds, the much more important source of human infections will be each other. Once the global pandemic starts, it will come to the United States through travelers from other countries where the pandemic has already begun—unless the pandemic actually starts in the United States—which is possible but unlikely. Bradford Frank, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A. The Frank Group P.O. Box 138 Lakewood, NY 14750 800-488-2353


«What on Earth is a Celiac?»

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Diane Jakubowski was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in spring of 2003,and her somewhat confused physician sent Jakubowski to the nearest health food market for answers. Celiac Disease, also known as Celiac Sprue, is a genetically-linked autoimmune disease in which the absorbing surface of the small intestine is damaged by gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes even oats. But as recently as two years ago, this illness was considered very rare in this country, leaving many Celiacs misdiagnosed, under diagnosed, or simply overlooked altogether. Approximately 1 in 4700 people in the USA are diagnosed Celiacs. But recent medical research indicates that this figure is extraordinarily inaccurate. Suddenly, the long-accepted thinking that Celiac Disease was rare has literally exploded off of the medical horizon. It is now known that 1 in 133 folks in this country (or more) are probably Celiacs…again going undiagnosed…and suffering needlessly for many years. In Celiac Disease, nutrients pass through the damaged small intestine, unabsorbed, often creating a host of sometimes devastating health problems. Medical conditions and diseases that have been associated with Celiac Disease are: iron deficiency anemia, osteoporosis, gum problems, skin problems, Multiple Sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, peripheral neuropathy, and infertility. Celiac Disease is frequently misdiagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, proctitis) pancreatitis, and even gall bladder disease, to name but a few. There are literally millions of Celiac’s running around in this country….who don’t even know they are Celiacs. And the really significant additional concern is that all these folks are simultaneously running the risk of developing secondary autoimmune disease. This, due to the fact that many Celiacs go undiagnosed an average of eleven years…or even longer. In the author’s case, it was 52 years. Jakubowski’s desire is that people will be able to gain answers through information that has been made available on her website. Her wish is that sharing this information may possibly provide a service for those who suffer from digestive disease for decades due to the direct or indirect impact of this insidious disease. Diane Jakubowski

Symptoms And Problems: Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

As mentioned in the name it is a chronic disease which affects the liver disabling it from its functions. Here the disease affects the normal cells in the liver which leads to scarring of the same. This condition leaves the liver with an abnormal and scarred liver tissue. The liver is the largest organ in our body with many functions. As the cells in the liver are injured or scarred an inflammation occurs which chokes the flow of blood through this organ. The liver has the function of producing proteins and enzymes. It also helps in fighting infections, cleaning blood, helps in digesting food and a storage for energy which can be used any time. It is a life-threatening disease which has taken many lives and left them with high and dry with heft hospital bills. The damage is caused by the toxins, metabolic problems, chronic viral hepatitis or any other causes. Some of the causes for having this disease is the excess consumption of alcohol or we can say abuse of alcohol, through chronic viral hepatitis (hepatitis B, C or D), autoimmune hepatitis which destructs the liver cells, drugs or toxins and infections, blockage of bile ducts which damages the liver tissue, through inheritance of diseases like hemochromatosis , Wilson’s disease, protoporphyria, so one should get proper check up done to diagnose as there has been cases where without the thorough check up it wont be detected. Some of the changes in your routine can make a lot of a difference to avoid such a deadly disease. Eat healthy, stay healthy, have a good health regime to ward off all the possibilities of such diseases. Avoid alcohol completely which mainly is the reason for being affected by such disease. Stay away from drugs and get a complete check up done on you to be on the safer side.

Survive The Next 20 Years And You May Be immortal

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

When we talk about life extension we don’t talk about keeping people alive through artificial means, we actually mean extending the normal, natural life of Man. Definition: Life is a multi-faceted concept. Life may refer to the ongoing process of which living things are a part; the period between the birth (or a point at which the entity can be considered to be living) and death of an organism; the condition of an entity that has been born (or reached the point in its existence at which it can be established to be alive) and has yet to die; and that which makes a living thing alive. Source: The term Life Extension now is mainly used in promoting and selling Vitamins and indeed Vitamins or Minerals seem to play an important role in extending life and in earning money for Vitamin manufacturers. Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw laid the groundwork for Life Extension by practicing on their own bodies by taking controversial supplements or massive doses of supplements, and documenting the results within their own bodies. Their research led to anti-aging breakthoughs that have been exciting and significant. Most Popular Life Extension Products: CoQ10 CoQ10 is a nutrient found in each cell of the body. CoQ10 — also spelled CoQ 10 — is found in foods, particularly in fish and meats. In addition to playing a significant role in the energy system of each of our cells, CoQ10 is also believed to have antioxidant properties. Many people who take CoQ10 notice that this nutrient enhances physical energy. Melatonin Melatonin is released from the pineal gland and helps maintain tissues in a young state of health. Melatonin keeps our circadian cycle in tune as it communicates with the body’s cells. Not only does this hormone work to maintain cell health, it appears to regulate a system of self-repair and regeneration.When this diminishes, our biological functions are impaired. Melatonin seems to work to help improve sleep. Melatonin seems to increase the speed of falling asleep and seems to add to the quality of sleep in about 60% of people who use it. Most recent studies also suggest that the lack of Melatonin in the body can promote breast cancer. In a major breakthrough, researchers have linked exposure to light at night to the growth in breast-cancer tumours. The tumours grew because artificial light interfered with the ability of women to create melatonin, the hormone that regulates the body’s daytime and night rhythms. DHEA DHEA is a steroid hormone, a chemical relation of testosterone and estrogen. It is made from cholesterol by the adrenal glands, which sit atop each kidney. Studies in animals have shown that DHEA can prevent or delay the onset of cancer, «hardening» of the arteries, lethal viral infections, lowered immunity, obesity, and diabetes. Second Generation Life Extension Life in the Future There are visionaries today who consider the awesome benefits to human health and longevity promised by the leading edge of medical science–and what YOU can do today to take full advantage of these startling advances. Some of these visionaries plan to live forever. No, not just in the history books, but as living, breathing, healthy human beings. Their idea is that if you can manage to keep your body in good shape for the next 20 years NanoTechnology and BioScience will be so advanced that you can replace or regrow parts of your body so it will never wear out. These are the actual ideas developed by some visionaries for eternal life: Step one: Aggressively slowing down the aging process by eating the right foods, taking vitamins and exercising; in actual fact trying to survive the next 20 years at which time BioTechnology and Nanotechnology will have become so advanced that we can replace ailing body parts at will. . Step two: Relying on BioTechnology such as stem cell research, the ability to modify our genetic and protein codes which in turn will slow down or even reverse aging. We have mapped out the human genome. With this information we can now find out the specific functions of our genes. Eventually we will be able to change the genes themselves. We are already able to regrow teeth and soon will be able to regrow cells, tissues and organs and introduce them into our bodies without rejection. Step three: the use of Molecular Nanotechnology. Nanotechnology will enable us to rebuild, molecule by molecule, our whole body. People are already working on «intelligent cells». These cells will actually operate as computers which can detect and destroy cancer cells and regrow diseased cells. So, just make sure you survive the next 20 years.